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Scottish Heritage contributors to be recognized at banquet

Laurinburg, N.C. – On March 20, the 21st Annual Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet will take place in the William Henry Belk Center of St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

The event is a part of the Scottish Heritage Weekend presented by the Scottish Heritage Center of St. Andrews.

“We are honored to be able to present these awards to Ross McKinnon Morrison, Jr. and Bonnie Rideout respectively,” said Caudill. “Both have done so much to contribute to our Scottish Heritage activities in different ways.”

Morrison will receive the Scottish Heritage Center Award for outstanding contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Scottish History culture and traditions due in large part to his work with Scottish athletics. He first assisted with the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1959 and has been instrumental in the development of the Scottish Heavy Events circuit in the Southeast, serving as an advisor, athletics coordinator and judge for up to 18 Scottish Games per year. He has been honored with the Honorary Kentucky Colonel and the most distinguished North Carolina award, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He currently serves as president of the now world-famous Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

A native of North Carolina who descended from Scottish emigrants who came to the Piedmont region down the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia, Morrison served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. The skills he gained in working with diesel engines while in the service helped him to found his own heavy equipment repair firm that he operated until his retirement in 2000.

The Flora Macdonald Award is presented to a woman of Scottish descent who has made an outstanding contribution either to Scottish affairs or to the human community. Rideout, with her unique style of Scottish fiddling charming audiences across the globe, has met the criteria for both the arts and the Scottish community. She has been featured on the BBC, CPS, NPR’s Performance Today and Morning Edition. She is also consistently played on NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock. Additionally, her recent release received a Grammy nomination.

Rideout has authored seven music books for Mel Bay Publishing Company while also recording more than 13 solo albums and appearing as a guest musician on dozens of CDs. Her A Scottish Christmas became a New York Times “Top Ten Holiday Best Seller” and prompted a touring show that has sold out halls across North America for over a decade. Her popular recording, Gi’Me Elbow Room, received the coveted Parent’s Choice Gold Award.

She incorporated her own record label, Tulloch Music, Ltd., in 2003. Four years later, Rideout was recognized as one of America’s top 10 most influential traditional fiddlers of the 20th century. She is the only American to hold the honor of representing Scottish fiddle music at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival. She is the first woman to hold the national Scottish fiddle title and the youngest to have garnered the U.S. Championship, winning it for three consecutive years.

The weekend also includes the Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium with lectures by internationally recognized scholars and a concert featuring Rideout with narration byDr. John Purser, Gaelic song by Máiri Síne Chaimbeul and piping and drumming by members of the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band. The festivities conclude with a Kirkin’ of the Tartans worship service at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

For a full schedule of events and registration information, please go to http://www.sapc.edu/shc/scottishheritagesymposium.php or call the Scottish Heritage Center at 910-277-5236. Email reservations are also taken at rsvp@sapc.edu. Please remember to include Scottish Heritage in the subject line and include names of all participants.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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